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Jim HarrisonSPRING 2011

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to bring you this spring 2011 edition of BF News. As some of you may know, the Bogliasco Foundation is delighted to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Liguria Study Center from September 22 through 25 in Bogliasco. I hope that many of you will be able to join us. We have recently mailed save-the-date postcards, which we invite you to view by clicking here. A detailed itinerary and more information can be viewed on our website.

In April, the Bogliasco Foundation's New York-based staff traveled to Boston to participate in the International Opportunities in the Arts conference. This is the second time the Foundation has taken part in this bi-annual event, the only forum of its kind for networking, showcasing and promoting international opportunities for artists and humanists. The Bogliasco Foundation was one of 70 institutions invited to participate. Laura Harrison, Associate Director of Administration, gave a presentation to nearly 200 attendees who gathered from all over the world to learn about the work that we do.

On April 7, the Foundation held a reception for Fellows in Brookline, Massachusetts, which took place at the home of Larry Berman, a long-time friend of the Foundation and a member of our Advisory Committee. It is always a pleasure to spend time with past Fellows and to hear how their residencies at the Liguria Study Center have had an impact on their lives and work since they have returned.

I invite you to visit our website to view photos from these events. In addition, I hope that you will consider joining our group on Facebook, where Fellows and friends can post photos and keep in touch with one another. On Facebook, you can also view regular posts of upcoming Fellows' events and other news.

With warm wishes for an enjoyable spring season,

James S.

James S. Harrison

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In January, we were thrilled to welcome Patsy Tarr to the Bogliasco Foundation's Board of Trustees. Patsy is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 2wice, an extraordinary dance-related magazine published digitally twice per year. Patsy has significant expertise in the field of dance and has been a friend of the Foundation for several years, having served in the past as a member of our Fellowship Advisory Committee. Patsy and her husband, Jeff, reside in New York City.

Carola Mamberto, a member of our New York-based staff, recently left her position as Program Manager in order to pursue an exciting opportunity in journalism with PBS Frontline. Carola is an extremely talented documentary filmmaker, and we wish her all the best in her new career.

Arielle Moreau became the new Program Manager in March. Arielle is a native of Valence, France. She has a background in art history and has worked in cultural tourism in France and Italy. We are delighted to welcome her.



An exhibition of rubbings on mylar and wood carvings by Nancy Azara ('00) will be on view at the GAGA Arts Center in New York from June 3 through June 26.

A solo show of the work of artist Lorna Bieber ('02) was held at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida through May 29. In January, a solo show of Lorna's work took place at the Houston Center for Photography in Texas.

Trees by Lorna Bieber

Several pieces by composer Daniel Brewbaker ('02) have recently premiered, including Be Thou The Voice for Soprano and Orchestra performed by the Seattle Symphony, La Boca for Piano Trio performed by the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, Letters of Love On Ripped Paper performed by the Buglisi Dance Theater, Searching For Ourselves and I Like To Sing performed by the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Love Is The Whole, and More Than All for a cappella choir performed by Musica Sacra, and Lullaby for Piano Solo performed by John Kamitsuka.

Art in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogues, curated by Marie Therese Brincard ('10) will be on view through August 14 at the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York.

Cosmos.sys coverCOSMO.SYS, an 80 page color catalogue by artist Hedwig Brouckaert ('10), was recently published by GlobalArt Affairs. Hedwig's solo show and book launch for COSMO.SYS was held in Brussels from January through February at the Galerie Jan Dhaese. Part of the work on the book was completed in Bogliasco during her residency in fall 2010.

Composer Tom Cipullo's ('10) first opera, Glory Denied, was recently produced by Chelsea Opera in New York. Based on Tom Philpott's oral history, the opera tells the true story of Colonel Jim Thompson, a prisoner of war held in captivity for nine years during the Vietnam conflict. To read The New York Times' review of Glory Denied, click here. In February, Tom's new work, Excelsior, premiered at the Longy School of Music in Boston. In May, the Mirror Visions Ensemble presented the world premiere of A Letter from Chicago: Nightmare at the Windermere Hotel and the New York premiere of Insomnia.

Kevin Craft ('02) was recently named the new editor of Poetry Northwest, a literary magazine published in Seattle, Washington.

Neil Curry ('04) has published a study of the seventeenth century poet George Herbert in collaboration with his daughter, Natasha.

Cathy DavidsonrBogliasco Fellow Cathy Davidson ('08) was recently nominated by President Obama as a Member of the National Council on the Humanities. To read the official press release, click here.

Two poems by C.J. (Jonty) Driver ('07) were published in The Manchester Review, Number 5. One of the poems, "At the End of the Day", is set at the Liguria Study Center.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra performed composer Donal Fox's ('98) Hear de Lambs A-Cryin at Carnegie Hall on May 10, as part of the The Spirituals Project (Albany Symphony Commissions). The program entitled Spring For Music: Spirituals Re-Imagined included works by Bogliasco Fellows George Tsontakis ('97) and John Harbison ('96, '98). In March, Donal's chamber work Peace Out for Clarinet and Piano was performed at Cafe Vivaldi in New York and at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia. Donal was also a featured panelists at the MIT 150th Anniversary Event, Human Diversity and Social Order Forum Series, The Fruits of Diversity, which examined how the convergence of diverse cultures can lead to the enrichment of language, architecture, visual arts and music. A video of the panel discussion was posted on MIT Tech TV and can be viewed here.

Artist and photographer Robert Flynt ('09) was recently in residence at the Baryshnikov Studio in New York City, where he worked on a new collaborative project, "The Painted Bird", with choreographer Pavel Zustiak. It will premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center from June 23 through 25.

Reconfiguring Site, a public art residency program that will take place this summer at the School of Visual Arts in New York, was developed and is headed by Bogliasco Fellow Anita Glesta ('08). The summer curriculum reflects the full scope of public art, tying together the scale, history, social meaning and formal aesthetics that go into site-specific works.

abstraction vegetale 1In January, artist Claire Guanella's ('01) work was exhibited in Growing on concrete at the Galerie Marianne Brand in Geneva, Switzerland.

From March through April, photographs by John M. Hall ('02) were exhibited in Montauk - The End at the Steven Amedee Gallery in New York City.

On February 8 in New York City, the American Modern Ensemble performed works by several composers including Bogliasco Fellows John Harbison ('96, '98) and Scott Wheeler ('06).

From February through March, artist Gwen Hardie's ('06) work was on view in the exhibit Inner and Outer Landscapes: Contemporary Self-Portraiture at the A.D. Gallery in North Carolina. Also in March, Gwen's work was exhibited in Portraiture: Inside Out at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

In Dialogue, a series of sculptural chairs by artist Mags Harries ('10) was on view at the Boston Sculptors Gallery from January through February. Several of the sets of chairs are functional, inviting viewers to sit and engage in their own dialogue.

Utterings by Mags Harries

Choreographer Risa Jaroslow ('05) recently premiered The Partner Project/Scene in Public at The Danspace Project in New York City. Also in March, Risa's solo performance, Soaking WET, was performed at the West End Theater in New York.

Con Artist, a docu-comedy feature film about notorious "business artist" Mark Kostabi, featuring an on-screen appearance by Bogliasco Fellow Cheryl Kaplan ('09), recently debuted at the reRun Theater in New York, following official selection debuts at the Rome, Tribeca, Denver and Glasgow Film Festivals. The film is directed by Michael Sladek. To view the trailer from the film, click here.

Suji Kwok KimSuji Kwok Kim ('07) was recently awarded the 2011 George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. The PSA's Annual Awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets.

Choreographer Dawn Kramer's ('10) video installation, Body of Water, with video shot by Stephen Buck, will be shown on June 3 and 4 at The Pozen Center at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The video installation consists of several silent video-movement poems made in different parts of the world, including the coast of Maine, Kyoto and the Ligurian coast of Italy, exploring the delicate relationship between human beings and the sea. Body of Water is the culmination of work that Dawn started during her residency last fall.

The Joy of SecularismIn March, The Joy of Secularism, edited by George Levine ('99, '04, '09), was published by Princeton University Press. Bringing together distinguished historians, philosophers, scientists and writers, this collection of 11 essays explores the wealth of possibilities that secularism offers for achieving a condition of fullness. Part of the work on the book was completed in Bogliasco during George's residency in spring 2009.

Bogliasco Fellow J. D. McClatchy ('97, '04) has created a new English translation of Karel Sabina's Czech libretto for The Bartered Bride, now being performed at The Juilliard School, with James Levine conducting. Click here to read the review in The New York Times.

Paintings by artist James McGarrell ('03) were on view in "SMALL FIGURES," 2001-03 from February through March at Turtle Point Press Gallery in New York City.

Santa Monica by James McGarrell

In April, a concert was held at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana in Rome featuring a harpsichord performance by Orhan Memed ('09) and a poetry reading by Annelisa Alleva, who is the spouse of Bogliasco Fellow Ruggero Savinio. Orhan and Annelisa met at the Liguria Study Center in fall 2009.

Choreographer Joyce Morgenroth ('06) has recently published an article on physics and choreography, which she worked on during her residency at the Liguria Study Center.

Following the Dog - Dorothy MytychArtist Dorota Mytych's ('09) work was on view in the exhibit, Gift of Time, at the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico through February 20.

Work by artist Farhad Ostovani ('08) was on view in the exhibit, nature poétique, from January through February at the Galerie Rigassi in Bern, Switzerland.

Artist Rosa Quint's ('08) exhibition, Mapping Florenz, was on view at the Fraunhofer Haus in Munich from February through April.

Paintings by Mario Raciti ('00, '06) are on view in the exhibit, Da Misteri a I fiori del profondo, through June 28 at the Galleria Edieuropa in Rome.

Gordon Rogoff ('09) recently published an essay titled "The Cheerful Workshop of Richard Strauss" in the poetry review Parnassus Volume 32. The editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review is Bogliasco Fellow Herbert Leibowitz ('10).

Sculptor Maria Rucker ('02) has been awarded a 2010/2011 Artist's Studio Grant by the city of Munich. This May, her recently completed marble sculpture, angel snake, was shown at an outdoor group exhibition entitled Sculptures in the Park in Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany.

In March, artist Anna Schuleit ('09) gave a 40-minute radio interview on The Spark, a monthly interview program hosted by Tift Merritt which airs on Marfa Texas Public Radio. To hear Anna's interview, click here.

Several drawings by artist Fran Siegel ('10) were on view at the Dorsky Gallery in New York through April. In February, Fran took part in "Fractured Earth", a group exhibition that also featured the photogravure prints of Bogliasco Fellow Lothar Osterburg ('98), at the Leslie Heller Workspace in New York.

Kerala Snyder ('00) recently received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), partly as a result of work she performed at the Liguria Study Center to edit the book, The Organ as a Mirror of its Time, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. To view the press release, click here.

Production still from Night HunterStacey Steers' ('08) 16-minute animated film, Night Hunter, premiered in April as part of the New Directors New Films film festival in New York City. The film, produced over a period of four years, is comprised of 4,000 meticulously handmade collages and shot on 35mm film. Part of the work for the film was completed during Stacey's residency in fall 2008. Click here to read a review of Night Hunter.

The paintings of Francesco Stefanini ('98) were exhibited along with the sculptures of Romano Abate in a collaboration entitled Uno Spazio "Concertato" in Treviso, Italy from March through April.

Teresa Stoppani's ('07) new book, Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice, Discourses on Architecture and the City, was recently published by Routledge. Teresa worked on the book during her residency in 2007.

On January 19, the film Ehi, Mark! Scusa il ritardo, scusa il ritardo..., a poetic journey through the streets of Rome with Bogliasco Fellow Mark Strand ('01) and his translator, Damiano Abeni ('08), premiered at John Cabot University in Rome. To view the trailer for the film on YouTube, click here.

Artist Savina Tarsitano ('05) was recently nominated as a member of the European Culture Parliament.

Paintings by Juan Torcoletti ('11) were featured in the recent article, "Man's Best Friend: In the Spotlight", which was published in the spring 2011 issue of Accent magazine.

Ta cover, a collection of Ida Travi's ('02) poems, was recently published by Moretti & Vitali. For the book launch, Ida traveled to various locations in Italy to present her Stàsimi throughout the month of May.

Bogliasco Fellow Monique Truong ('05) was one of 19 writers to receive the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. To read the press release, click here.

In April, the premiere of composer Carlos Vazquez's ('07) Fiesta Rugeliana was performed by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at Casals Symphonic Hall in San Juan.

Trio Vela recently performed composer Scott Wheeler's ('06) piano trio, Camera Dances, at Bargemusic in Brooklyn as part of their "Here and Now" series.

Richard WilsonOn January 25, composer Richard Wilson's ('06) opera, ÆTHELRED THE UNREADY, received its first fully staged production at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. This whimsical opera directed by Drew Minter depicts the plight of a feckless Anglo-Saxon ruler nagged by his wife to appeal to Clio, the Muse of History, to improve his historical reputation. On May 7, the world premiere of Richard's Symphony No. 3 was performed by The Hudson Valley Philharmonic in New York, on the occasion of the composer's 70th birthday.


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